In the picture above, we have Ben Stiller who plays an action hero who has just adopted a baby from Asia but worries that ”all the good ones are gone.” In the rear, we have a bleach blonde Jack Black, who portrays a comedian known for performing multiple roles in a single film — his latest is called The Fatties: Fart 2. But who’s that in the middle? Can’t recognize him? Thats because, in real life, he’s white. Why, its Robert Downey Jnr!
He’s playing Kirk Lazarus, a very serious Oscar-winning actor cast in the most expensive Vietnam War film ever. Problem is, Lazarus’s character, Sgt. Osiris, was originally written as black. So Lazarus decides to dye his skin and play Osiris method-style. When the director (Steve Coogan) and writer (Nick Nolte) finally lose the rag with the prima-donna threesome, they dump them in the jungle, which the actors confuse with an immersing acting exercise.
This will be Ben Stiller’s first director gig since 2001’s Zoolander, and he’s moved on from self-obsessed models, to self-obsessed actors (Tom Cruise and Tobey Maguire have already shot their cameos), and it is due out August 15th. Looks great, non?